Plaza Park to Host Special Assembly


Friday, April 26
1:40 p.m.

Plaza Park International Prep Assembly, 7301 Lincoln Ave.

Plaza Park sixth graders have been working all year on a project that could save lives. The students have been working to raise money to purchase a clean water filtration system for a community in Africa.

On Friday, a representative with New Life International will be at Plaza Park to explain to students the impact that the water purification system – that was able to be purchased from funds raised by Plaza students – will have on the community. Specifically, the filter is going to a community in Zimbabwe to serve as a clean water source for a hospital. In addition, the individuals in charge of the hospital construction project also will be on hand to talk with students about how important their gift is for people in Zimbabwe. According to Plaza Principal Shane Browder, the construction managers have called Plaza students “their angels.”


Earlier this year, Plaza kicked off this project – the Plaza Park Student Leadership Committee (SLC) – designed for sixth grade students who are interested in learning to be positive and effective leaders. According to Plaza, students involved in the SLC were trained in leadership techniques as they attended bi-monthly meetings with sixth grade teachers and had opportunities to meet with community leaders to learn from their experience and insight. These meetings allowed students to learn real-world techniques and policies that allowed them to be successful going forward.

After mastering leadership skills and putting what they had learned into practice, students developed and executed a plan to raise enough money to provide clean drinking water for a village in Africa.